Board: Rome Gang Plank
Camber Option: Freepop Rocker. Flat between the feet with rocker outside the insert packs.
Bindings: Flux DS
Stance: 21 Wide 9 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Post late season dump meaning heavy snow that was chundery and bumpy.
Flex: Just below a mid flex on the park spectrum. Stiffening up just a bit in the tips while still playful in the middle.
Stability: You’ve got the bamboo rods in the tips to keep them in check so if you just watch your feet it’s pretty solid. You are still going to feel just about everything that’s happening underneath you but it’s still pretty controllable through the chunder.
Ollies: Bamboo rods in the tips provide some great skate snap. If you really load it up and drive the snap out and you’re more likely to end up in the back seat. I never was left wanting for more which is great when you’re hitting side hits or playing around in the park.
Pop On Jumps: Soaks up a lip pretty good and has some solid landing gear. The Bamboo Hotrods snap off a lip great and the board has the right amount of stiffness so if you land off edge you balance fine.
Butterability: Being a little softer with the flat rocker the boards got spread. Bend it, twist it, press it… spread that buttery love.
Jibbing: One of the nice things about the way bamboo snaps is it never over snaps. This lets you get away with pushing a little too much into the tips without getting pushed out. So the if you do happen to miss the pretty sizeable lock spot you can still manage to stay pressed in. Locks into a boardslide great and slides through a kink like a fat kid down a slip-n-slide.
Carving: A little softer torsionally but the QuickRip sidecut helps keep your edge engaged. You probably wont be throwing down Euro trenches but quick snappy turns and long drawn out ones are no problem.
Rider in Mind: All around park rider and the guy skating the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: It’s not quite beefy enough to be a 50/50 jumps/rails deck, but for the guy looking for a ride everything park board that favors jibs and butters just a little more than jumps and drops it’s a great option. Lively and super predictable. It just felt like I had already been on the board for months.
Comparable Boards: Ride Machete, K2 Bottle Rocket, Lib Tech Box Knife
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This board was loaned to us for review by Rome Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change so we carried the 2017 review over for 2018.